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Starbucks Opening at Bushwick-Ridgewood Border

By Serena Dai | May 11, 2015 10:35am
 A Starbucks is opening at the border of Ridgewood and Bushwick.
A Starbucks is opening at the border of Ridgewood and Bushwick.
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RIDGEWOOD — Bushwick is getting its own Starbucks — or at least one just on the other side of the neighborhood's border in Ridgewood.

The mega chain is opening an outpost at 329 Wyckoff Ave., right at the edge of the Queens neighborhood and Bushwick, near the Myrtle-Wyckoff L/M station.

It's the first Starbucks location to open in Ridgewood and in the immediate area.

"We are committed to being a good neighbor in Ridgewood and to having an open dialogue with the community," said a Starbucks spokeswoman, who noted the new shop is expected to open later this year.

The opening of the chain's first shop in Williamsburg in July sparked outrage among many locals, who called it a shot to a neighborhood known for its independent cafes. A second Starbucks opened in Williamsburg in November.

The area around the new Ridgewood location has long been littered with chains: it's sharing an address with Planet Fitness and neighbors a KFC, Duane Reade and a CVS.

One independent coffee shop, Fair Weather Bushwick, is right across the street at 274 Wyckoff Ave.

Local Ridgewood blog Ridgewood Social posted about the new neighbor, writing it was wary of its impact on independent businesses in the area.

"I don’t want to use that infamous corporate symbol as a sign of utter destruction and demise in our hood since it kind of exists already," the blog writes.

"I will still be getting my favorite cup a’ Joe from local coffee shops in the neighborhood and I hope those who support small businesses will do the same."